Submarine volcano eruption creates new island

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at a brand new island in the South Pacific.

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Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at a brand new island in the South Pacific.

Unofficially known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, the island was formed after a submarine volcano erupted in December 2014. The ash and rock settled over the course of the next month, forming the new 400-foot long island in the kingdom of Tonga.

This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager on board the Landsat 8 satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory